The Curriculum is based around the Learning Areas managed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) together with Religious Education which is overseen by Brisbane Catholic Education. These are:
The process of assessment involves our teachers in:
Staff use a variety of assessment techniques and sources to gather evidence about students’ demonstration of learning. These include:
Reporting is an essential component of the learning process at St Mark's. It provides information to students, parents and teachers which allows for the celebration of learning achievements as well as goal setting and planning for learning to continue to improve. Reporting occurs in a variety of ways including progress charts, verbal feedback, results from formal assessment items as indicated on criteria sheets, parent information sessions, student progress discussions and interviews, student folios and written reports, learning area summary statements and learning statements. A reporting program specific to each level is outlined in each developmental level handbook.
Students’ full growth as persons, as appropriate at various ages and stages of development, is an important part of the curriculum and the wider life of St Mark's.
Currently, this is structured around the Brisbane Catholic Education resource, Living Life to the Full” (2005). This resource and associated teacher professional development sees age appropriate activities embedded in various Learning Areas on an ongoing basis.
We also make use of suitable visiting individuals and groups to enhance students’ learning in this area.
St Mark's offers extra support for students who may find aspects of homework challenging. Students can attend Homework Club sessions on Tuesday mornings in the library where teachers will be available to assist students. Homework Club runs from 8 - 8:30am.
(However, students are encouraged to approach the individual classroom teacher if there is a concern or difficulty with homework as it arises).